Panel Guide

PanelGuide V4 gives information on the properties, applications and end uses of all the main types of wood-based panel:
  • medium density fibreboard (MDF)
  • fibreboard (hardboard, mediumboard, softboard)
  • oriented strand board (OSB)
  • particleboard (chipboard, flaxboard, cement-bonded particleboard)
  • plywood (including blockboard and laminboard).

This interactive PDF is aimed at construction professionals (specifiers, designers, building engineers, architects), panel manufacturers, distributors and users. It provides guidance on current legislation and the design/decision-making process involved in selecting a panel for a specific end use.

  • Introduction
  • Panels for use in construction
  • Panels for non-construction use
  • Storage, handling, cutting, fixing and finishing
  • Environmental aspects
  • Health and safety
  • Annex 1 - Glossary of terms
  • Annex 2 - Types of wood-based panel
  • Annex 3 - Code of practice for particleboard and OSB floating floors (WPIF Industry Standard)
  • Annex 4 - Acknowledgements

Panel Guide is a collaborative publication with technical input from TRADA, The Wood Panel Industries Federation and the Timber Trade Federation.

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